VCU Medical Center

Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

Virginia Commonwealth University
Center on Health Disparities

The Virginia Commonwealth University Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (VCU-PREP) prepares underrepresented students for highly competitive doctoral programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.  VCU-PREP Scholars participate in a year-long intensive, positive mentored research experience. Each VCU- PREP Scholar is matched with a highly qualified VCU faculty mentor, based on the Scholar's research interests. VCU-PREP Scholars are provided with an individualized program for academic enhancement. They have one-on-one training in oral communication and scientific writing. VCU-PREP students have formal instruction in GRE test-taking, and participate in workshops on Quantitative Skills, Graduate School Admission, and Career/Professional Development. Students participate in an interactive journal club to develop Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills. VCU-PREP Scholars take courses to prepare them for graduate school, selected by the Scholar, Program Directors, and Research Mentor, and will have training in the responsible conduct of research. In the majority of cases, students enter graduate school in the year immediately following the VCU-PREP experience.

For questions, contact the VCU-PREP program director, Dr. Joyce Lloyd at On-line applications for the program, which begins July 1, are accepted from Nov 15 through March 15 at


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